By Ahmed Ahmed
The Executive Chairman of Bogoro local government area of Bauchi State, Honourable Iliya Habila has urged journalists to champion the crusade of peaceful coexistence among citizens of the state by avoiding sensational reports that threatens peace.
The Chairman gave the charge at Bogoro local government council in Bauchi, when he received a delegation of members of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Bauchi council led by it’s Chairman, Umar Sa’idu as part of activities to mark it’s 2020 press week.
He said that journalists as purveyors of news, information, education and entertainment contents, should arrive to ensure that there is peace and security as it is the basic ingredients for development.
“Your pivotal role in connecting societies together, the surveillance role and vantage position of setting agenda for the society are unique roles that you must deliver in the most responsible manner if our society will attain the development zenith which we aspire”
“As leaders whether at the federal, state or local level, the first and paramount responsibility of government is to ensure the security of lives and property of citizens. When this achieved, then a conducive atmosphere for development will have been created.
While it is the duty of every citizens to contribute to the attainment of this peaceful and secured environment, we as journalists are at the forefront in this onerous task” he said Highlighting on some of the achievements of his administration at the council, Mr Iliya said that the council under his leadership has assisted over 200 women and Youths across the local government with cash ranging from N10,000 to N15,000 for small businesses, adding that the council has trained 70 women on maternal , neonatal and child health.
In the areas of water, Sanitation and hygiene, the Chairman said that the council has provided improved latrines in public places, rehabilitated water facilities and repaired over 100 boreholes as well as empowered communities to embark on hygiene and sanitation activities.
In his address, the State NUJ Chairman, Umar Sa’idu urged the Bauchi State Government to ensure prompt release funds to local government councils in the state particularly those that are doing well in the area of rural development.
Umar Said observed that the LGCs need to be supported by the government to enable them embark on developmental projects saying that the bulk of the development is in the rural areas of the state.
He commended the Executive Chairman of Bogoro LGC, Iliya Habila for embarking on people oriented projects since his election saying that what is needed at the grassroots is focus on supporting rural dwellers with empowerment materials that will support their peasant activities.